CompTIA A+ Earning CPEs

The Basics

Your CompTIA A+ certification will need to be renewed once every three years to keep your skills on pace with the rapid changes taking place in the Information Technology field.

Instead of having to repeat the entire certification process, CompTIA uses a system of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) you can use to renew your A+ credential. CEUs can be earned through related work experience, training, education, and industry activities. Each activity is worth a different amount of CEUs, so you will likely find yourself completing a few different activities to reach the number required to renew your certification.

This article will provide a deep dive into what you should know about the CEU system and what activities meet CompTIA’s requirements.

Renewing your CompTIA A+

To renew your credential, you’ll need to fulfill the following in the three year period between receiving your credential and the date it expires:

  • 20 CEU hours
  • $25/year Continuing Education fee (or $75 total over 3 years)

You can earn CEUs through related work experience, education, or qualifying industry activities. We’ll explore each option in-depth below so you can choose which ones work best for you.

Related Work Experience

CompTIA understands you’re a busy professional gaining valuable, hands-on experience in the field. As a result, certain work activities will count towards your overall CEU requirement. To qualify, at least half your tasks should overlap with core objectives covered in the CompaTIA A+ exam. For reference, these objectives include: mobile devices, networking, hardware, visualization and cloud computing, and network troubleshooting.

You can earn up to 3 CEUs per year for qualifying work activities, coming to a maximum total of 9 CEUs for the 3 year period. This will cover just under half of the required 20 CEUs you need to renew your A+ certification. For (Read more...)

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